Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On Nairobi Aikikai

See, this whole Aikido world is - for some reason - very... political. And I, having planted the seed here in Kenya, have been officially unaffiliated with any of the organizations out there. I know my roots, but it was not evident to others. Hence Piotr advised (yeah, another euphemism ;-) to set up a page and clearly state my lineage. Well, here it is... Nairobi Aikikai

Friday, March 5, 2010

About time...

Politics is a bitch, but sometimes you have to put name to things.
Read here.
I do not see how Turkey can claim to be part of Europe...

Monday, March 1, 2010

On teaching Aikido

The interesting thing happens when you have to verbalize certain thoughts or impressions and ideas that you think you grasp. Now that I have started teaching sometimes I try to convey some concept to the students it forces me to verbalize things I feel through my skin, almost on subconscious level. And the process of formalizing these thoughts, ideas, impressions, sometimes feelings makes me understand them better. And this also gives me the chance to revisit them and dwell on them longer. And this changes perspective. So now I am going again through old Classics like Musashi Miyamoto, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Munenori Yagyu and so on. They say different things now. And all things are not as they seem, but they're not otherwise ;-)